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Tom Parker

Southampton FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 3: A 2
100% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Thomas Robert Parker
Birth 19 November 1897 at Ailsa Lane, Pear Tree Green, Itchin, Southampton, Hampshire [registered in South Stoneham, December 1897].

According to the 1901 census, Thomas is the youngest of five children to Thomas and Mary Jane (née Robinson). They live on Ailsa Lane, in the Pear Tree Green area of Itchen, Southampton. His father is a building plasterer.


According to the 1911 census, Thomas is attending school, and lives at home with his plasterer father and mother, and his older brother and sister (and her husband and son). They live at 6 Heath Road in Sholing.

  According to the 1921 census, Thomas Robert, is a shipwright (for the Wright Bros) and is the younger of the two sons still at home with their parents now at Manor Road in Itchen.
Marriage to Lorna Louise Gale [registered in Southampton, December 1921]. They had five children, Winifred A. (b.1922), Jack T. (b.1925), Frederick John T. (b.1927), Kenneth D. (b.1928), and Betty M. (b.1931)
  According to the London Electoral Registers, Thomas and Lorna were living at 9 Haselmere Avenue, Islington, as well as having a garage in Hornsey Road, in 1932.
According to the 1939 register, Thomas R., a secretary/manager of Southampton Football Club, and Lorna L. are married and living at Glen Oaks, on Merdon Avenue in Eastleigh,
Death 1 November 1987 in Basingstoke, aged 90 years 347 days [registered in Basingstoke, December 1987].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Began his junior career assisting Sholing Rangers FC and also Sholing Athletic FC, before joining Southern League side, Southampton FC in 1918. After 246 league appearances and eleven goals, Parker joined Arsenal FC on 3 March 1926 for a record transfer fee received, becoming club captain, and retired on 8 March 1933 after 258 league appearances, and he scored seventeen goals. The majority of his goals were scored from the penalty spot.
Club honours Football League Division Three runners-up 1920-21; Division Three South winners 1921-22; Division One runners-up 1925-26, 1931-32 (captain), Champions (as captain) 1930-31, 1932-33; FA Cup (all as captain) runners-up 1926-27, 1931-32, winners 1929-30; FA Charity Shield (as captain) winners 1930, 1931;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Played a record 172 consecutive first team matches for Arsenal, from April 1926.
Height/Weight 5' 10", 12st. 6lbs [1927].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

Management Career

Club(s) Appointed manager at Norwich City FC on 8 March 1933, with immediate success. Left Carrow Road to return to Southampton FC as their secretary/manager on 17 February 1937, effective from 5 March, and remained their until 3 June 1943, when he severed his connection with the club, initially for the remainder of the war. Reappointed as Norwich City FC's manager on 22 April 1955 until March 1957, after which he was employed as Southampton FC's chief scout.
Club honours Football League Division Three (South) winners 1933-34;

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 490th players (491) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-back
Only match No. 146, 21 May 1925, France 2 England 3, an end-of-season friendly match at Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris, aged 27 years 183 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Died eight days after Jimmy Mullen

Beyond England

Parker worked in the Southampton shipyards. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.191.


Tom Parker - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
1 1 0 90 0 0 min 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.


Tom Parker - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away - Friendly 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 0 0 3.00 2.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 0 0 3.00 2.00 100.0 +1


Tom Parker - Match History
 Club: Southampton F.C. - 1 full cap

F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 27
1 146 21 May 1925 - France 2 England 3, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris Fr AW Start rb